WEBINAR

The Philosophy of Sex and Sexuality

Lori Watson and Brian D. Earp in conversation with Moya Mapps

What is a sexual act? What is a sexual orientation? Is there a right to sex? The philosophy of sex and sexuality is emerging as an urgent and controversial philosophical subfield, covering ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of language, and interacting with neighbouring disciplines such as psychology, bioethics, sociology, and anthropology. In this conversation with Moya Mapps, Lori Watson and Brian D. Earp will offer an overview of what philosophers are talking about when they talk about sex and sexuality.


Lori Watson is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in Saint Louis.Her research interests include political philosophy, feminism, philosophy of law, and ethics, and her books include Debating Pornography (co-authored with Andrew Altman, 2019); and Debating Sex Work (co-authored with Jessica Flanagan, 2019).


Brian D. Earp is a philosopher, cognitive scientist, and bioethicist with interests in gender, sex, sexuality, and related topics. Brian is Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center, and Senior Research Fellow in Moral Psychology at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. With Julian Savulescu, Brian is co-author of Love Drugs: The Chemical Future of Relationships (2020). brianearp.com/ twitter.com/briandavidearp


Lori and Brian’s co-edited collection (with Clare Chambers) The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Sex and Sexuality will be published in May.


Moya Mapps is a philosophy PhD student at Yale. They are interested in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law and feminist philosophy. They are also on the editorial board of The Philosopher, and co-write the journal's "Philosophy in the Real World" column with Adam Ferner.

Monday 30th May

7pm (UK time)/2pm (EST)